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Natalie McKinnon

February 24, 2014
Natalie McKinnon grew up and lives in Massachusetts. She is married to her husband and best friend Donald of 15 years. She attended Massasoit Community College and obtained her Director II Certification in the field of Early Childhood Education. She is active in her community with her church, and the local crime watch. She enjoys spending time...


February 21, 2014
My name is Rae-Ann.  I am 48 years old.  I was finally diagnosed with Bipolar 1 when I was 27 years old, after over 10 years of struggle.  For the last 32 years, I have endured many episodes, both depressive and manic.  I now refer to myself as a "responsible" person who is living with Bipolar.  I take my medications...

Jennifer Marshall

February 14, 2014
Jennifer is a former professional recruiter turned writer/mental health advocate via her blog, Bipolar Mom Life. She’s currently producing a live performance theater show on mental health awareness and appreciation which will debut in Arlington, VA in May of 2014 called This Is My Brave. Jennifer recently published a short e-book, Find Your Brave...

Rebecca Moore

February 11, 2014
 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 33 years old. Although I lived my entire life with mood swings, it was not until 3 years ago that I was diagnosed. Prior to that, I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, which made sense because I only sought help when I was depressed. Since my diagnosis, I made it my mission to...

Justin Schleifer

February 7, 2014
Justin Schleifer transplanted to the Monterey Peninsula from the East Coast in 2005. He is a person with a wide array of experience. He has spent a brief amount of time in many career fields. He has been in education, business, sales, the Army National Guard, health care, among other areas. Justin spent much of his career working with...

Nicole Lyons

January 28, 2014
I am a 36 year old mother of two daughters 5 & 7 years old. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 1 about 13 years ago but I ignored it. I was in comets denial. How could a functioning caregiver have a mental illness? I worked as a nursing aide for 13 years. I made poor choices and attempted suicide twice. After the birth of my second child I...

Rebecca Lombardo

January 3, 2014
I am 40 years old, and I have been happily married for 12 years. I come from a large family, but lost my mom in 2008 and one of my brother's in 2011.  I don't have any kids, but we do have cats.  My full time business is pet sitting, so I spend a lot of time with animals.  I have suffered from depression since I was very young, but...

Melody Lin

December 18, 2013
Melody Lin, born in Taichung, Taiwan, recevieved her B.S. in Biology from the University of Taiwan and 4 years later, her Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois.During 1981-1986, Melody worked as a social worker in Chicago and Taiwan. Then in 1987, she was first diagnosed with postpartum depression and shortly thereafter, began...

Dr. Jennifer Bahr

October 14, 2013
Dr. Jennifer Bahr is licensed naturopathic doctor that specializes in the homeopathic treatment of mental illness. She was drawn to this because of personal and family struggles with mood and anxiety disorders, most of which found their beginnings in childhood. She has seen first hand the effects of delayed or suppressive treatments of childhood...

Spencer McCauley

July 16, 2013
Hi! My name is Spencer and I am a new blogger for the Bipolar Foundation. I recently graduated from Trinity College, obtaining my BS in Psychology and completing the Interarts track as well as the Pre-med track. I am interested in pursuing a career in psychological research and possibly exploring the benefits of art therapy.I want my blog to focus...

Laura SQ

May 22, 2013
Laura SQ is Mrs Bipolarity. Outing herself as having bipolar disorder this year with determination to fight the stigma that comes with mental illness. Laura, herself was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2002 at the age of nineteen. She now proudly lives a stable life in Houston, with her husband and their three kids.“My hope is to share my story...

Scott Walker

May 7, 2013
My name is Scott Walker. I'm 39 and live in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. I was labelled as being bipolar (diagnosed) on January 1, 2000 in Auckland, New Zealand. A rather interesting way to bring in the new millenium! I had three hospital stays between 2000 and 2007 for manic episodes. As with most persons with bipolar, I've been on many different...